Make the toolbar/statusbar font smaller

Bug #92661 reported by Eugenia Loli-Queru
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gtk+2.0 (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs
Nominated for Karmic by linusr

Bug Description

One problem with the toolbars/statusbar on gtk/gnome apps is that the font size of the
descriptive text below the icons is the same size as the desktop font size. And
that font size is too big to be used as a toolbar font. Icons are stretched out
far away from each other because of that, and it makes the Gnome desktop look
ugly and disconnected.

Please make the font size of the toolbar smaller than the desktop font. For
example, if the desktop uses Vera size 10 (which is a good readable font size
for general usage), use Vera size 8 for toolbars. Don't go below 8 though.

Mac OS X also uses smaller font for its toolbar font than the rest of the
dekstop. It is small DETAILS like these that make OSX feel better than other OSes.

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Eugenia Loli-Queru (eloli) wrote :

Here is a showcase of how it would look like.

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Eugenia Loli-Queru (eloli) wrote :

The "Disk Analyzer Baobab" application that currently ships with Gnome would greatly benefit from such a change btw. Many other apps with lots of text under toolbar icons too.

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug. Maybe that would benefit from a mailing list discussion, there is not that many people reading bugs and give their opinion then

Changed in gtk+2.0:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
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Eugenia Loli-Queru (eloli) wrote :

There was some discussion about it here
and here in italian

From what I have seen so far, no one has rejected the idea, but reactions range from apathetic to really positive.

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Martin Mai (mrkanister-deactivatedaccount-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

Just wondering why nobody had linked this yet, so I did it ;)

Changed in gtk:
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Unknown
Changed in gtk:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in gtk+2.0:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in gtk:
importance: Unknown → Low
Changed in gtk:
status: New → Unknown
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